Since its introduction nearly seven years ago, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio has gone on to become a good family hatchback. While the automaker has introduced several other new models after it, the Celerio has not been changed in any major way. The only notable addition appeared with the arrival of the Celerio X, which is essentially a slightly souped-up version of the standard model. As last year was drawing to a close, test mules of the next-generation Celerio sprung up all over the internet. It wasn’t long before Maruti Suzuki hinted that it was indeed working on a replacement for the outgoing model.
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With the pandemic showing signs of abating and the auto industry slowly recovering, everyone was feeling optimistic. And up until March 2021, it seemed like the worst was behind us, and that new cars (such as the next-gen Celerio) will soon be launched in the market. However, starting April, things began to worsen as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the country. Soon enough, many regions went into complete lockdown, thereby evaporating any chances of new cars being launched on time. One of those that seems to have been affected by this the next-generation Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Given how the automaker has shutdown its primary plant and has plans to extend the shutdown period by another week, launch of any new Maruti Suzuki product would be impacted.
While Maruti Suzuki has conducted several test runs of the upcoming Celerio, the production-spec car may not be ready yet. And due to the ongoing curbs and restrictions in place, the automaker may have no choice but to delay the launch of one of its most awaited models of 2021. Speaking of which, the next-generation Celerio will be based on Maruti Suzuki’s Heartect platform and will also boast a thoroughly revised exterior design. You can expect the new model to feature a revised front fascia with new headlamps, grille, and bumper designs. The side profile will reveal the next-gen Celerio’s silhouette, which would no longer stand as high as the outgoing avatar. Meanwhile, we can expect to see new designs for the wheels and the body panels to be more streamlined.
Around the back, the next-gen Celerio will sport new tail lamps, broader C-pillars, a steeper rear window, and a reworked bumper. The hatchback also seems to have slightly grown in size, so it should offer more cabin space for occupants. It might even feature a larger boot for increased luggage capacity. On the inside, we can expect to see a few upgrades over the outgoing model. For example, higher variants will come with a 7-inch touch-infotainment head unit which should offer smartphone connectivity as standard. Maruti Suzuki might have likely added other newbies such as a revised instrument binnacle, a redesigned dashboard, and center console, revised HVAC controls, and maybe even improved upholstery for the seats.
As you can imagine, Maruti Suzuki has not revealed any details regarding the next-gen Celerio’s drivetrain. However, it is highly likely that it will at least come with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that should make 66hp and 90Nm of torque. Chances do exist wherein the automaker might equip the new Celerio with its 1.2-liter K-series four-cylinder petrol motor. On the transmission front, the next-gen Celerio should be available with both a 5-speed manual and AMT gearboxes.